One study found that only five percent of kids who played for trained coaches quit the sport the next year; the attrition rate more than five times that – 26% – otherwise. Knowing this, at the 2016 Project Play Summit, a panel explored how to get more coaches trained and how doing so can help lift participation rates among youth currently left behind by the youth sports system. Moderating the session was ESPN Senior Writer Mike Fletcher, who was joined by Jon Feinman, Founder, InnerCity Weightlifting; Leah Friedman, Junior Development Coordinator, USTA Chicago; Tony Korson, CEO, Koa Sports; and Richard Pavlick, Co-Founder, Project Leader & Coach, YLC Kicks. Daleajah Williams and 5th grader from Northeast DC who is a Playworks Junior Coach opened the session.
To learn more about the role of coaches in getting and keeping all kids active through sport, creating a culture of health, and for ideas for how your organization or community can take action, visit http://youthreport.projectplay.us/the-8-plays/train-all-coaches/